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Reddish Egret in Santa Barbara County

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  • Dave Compton
    CALBIRDS folk, A Reddish Egret (first Santa Barbara County record) was seen west of Goleta today, at the mouth of Bell Creek. The bird circled high and flew
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      CALBIRDS folk,

      A Reddish Egret (first Santa Barbara County record) was seen west of Goleta
      today, at the mouth of Bell Creek. The bird circled high and flew north
      northeast and out of sight before 4pm, but in case anyone's passing through
      and wants to have a look, I'm passing along the relevant information.

      The bird was a juvenile and could be seen well for much of the afternoon
      from a bridge just west of Sandpiper golf course. To get to this area, exit
      US 101 at Winchester Canyon Rd. and go to the south side of the freeway.
      Just south of where Hollister crosses 101 is a road that goes west,
      paralleling 101. Take this road, go past the entrance to the golf course,
      and continue west. The bridge is just beyond the golf course. Park in the
      public parking near the Baccara Resort, west of the bridge.

      The bird was originally seen from the beach around noon by John Storrer. You
      can walk to this area from the parking lot by walking to the beach and going
      east to the creek mouth. By the time most birders got to the area this
      afternoon, it was further upcreek and seen well from the bridge.

      Dave Compton
      Santa Barbara


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